Hefty fine for fisher

A Southern Zone professional fisherman has been convicted and fined nearly $10,000 after the removal of eggs from two female rock lobster. Ian Taylor, 62, from Port MacDonnell was found guilty of being in charge of a commercial vessel where two female lobsters had their external eggs intentionally removed from under their tails.

He was convicted in the Adelaide Magistrates Court after he entered a guilty plea in December and was subsequently sentenced earlier this month.

In addition to being ordered to pay fines, levies and prosecution costs totalling $9770, Mr Taylor will be penalised with 80 demerit points. Female lobsters with external eggs are a protected species and it is an offence to interfere with them.

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